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Everest BC trekking in November 2011: report of Trekking Club team

   

  Hereunder we are glad to present you a short photo-report of another Nepal journey in November 2011. The main program: trek to the Everest Base camp and a climb of Kalapattar hill 5550m.
 Trekking route: air flight Almaty – Kathmandu – Lukla. Pedestrian trek: Namche Bazar – Tengboche – Pheriche – Lobuche – Gorakshep – Everest BC – Kalapattar hill climb – Pheriche – Namche Bazar – Lukla. On a way back a Trekking Club team also spent several days in a Kathmandu valley visiting historical and culture sites, monasteries etc.
  Dates of the trip: 26.10 - 10.11/2011
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Kathmandu: Hanuman-dhoka Durbar Square A huge and noisy capital of Nepal – Kathmandu – is a former rich and fertile valley occupied by three metropolitan countries: Baktapur, Patan and Kathmandu . Each kingdom had own king, standard army, and of course a durbar square with great palaces.

A huge and noisy capital of Nepal – Kathmandu – is a former rich and fertile valley occupied by three metropolitan countries: Baktapur, Patan and Kathmandu. Each kingdom had own king, standard army, and of course a durbar square with great palaces. A picture of everyday life against the background of an XVI century temple.
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Sadu people – holy hermits. They are agree to sit to your picture just for several rupees.

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Airport in Lukla, where we flew in with a flight of Agni Air company from Kathmandu . Lukla is on one of the highest airfield in Nepal (2840m), and also the main departure point for the thousands of trekkers going to Everest region (Khumbu). 

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The first days of our trip: trek from Lukla to Monjo (2835m) village, where we planned to stop for a night to get more acclimatized for further journey. There are many of beautiful big and small prayer wheels, chorten and “mani” – prayer stony walls.

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The “bridge traffic” by the number of pendant bridges on a way is regulated by the traffic participants themselves: the people come first, then drovers move with their cattle (caws, yaks and horses) carrying cargoes.

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Namche Bazar (3440m) is a capital of Sherpa land. Sherpa is one of a small nationalities of Nepal (there are about 18 nationalities living in Nepal ). Sherpa people are known with their tolerance and an ability of living at a high altitude. In Nepal they occupy a territory of Khumbu Himal .

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There are no automobile roads in the mountain regions of the country: anything from foodstuff to building materials has to be carried by yaks, caws or people themselves. At the picture: girls from a village above are haying.

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Monastery in Pangboche village, on a way from Tengboche to Pheriche

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Every walking day is divided into “before-lunch” and “after-lunch” parts. Many of the trekking companies working in Nepal have their “own” places for night-stopping and lunch. At the picture: our groups is waiting for a lunch, on a way to Tengboche.

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A famous Tengboche monastery (3860m). A next place for night-living after Namche Bazar.

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A stop for a photo-session: view of the mounts surround are fascinating.
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Ama Dablam peak (6856). Its sharp-pointed top appeals near Tengboche, and you have a great chance to make pictures of it from different perspectives almost all the way from Namche to Everest.

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Stop for a lunch, on a way from Pheriche to Lobuche. This is a Tukla village, and a peak Chola (4590m) can bees in a background. A hard climb on a Tukla pass (4830) is still ahead.

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Early morning start from Pheriche (4270m), where we lived after Tengboche. Becomes colder.

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View of Tamserku (6608m) and Kangtega (6685m) peaks from Pheriche village.

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After a sleepless night in Lobuche at a height of 4910m, all the trekkers goes to the last village on a way to Everest – Gorakshep (5140m). At the picture: trail to Gorakshep following a moraine of Khumbu glaciers. There is a Pumoru peak (7161m) in the background, with a grey hill of Kalapattar (5550m) against.

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As soon as arrived in Gorakshep, we are ready to realize the first part of our plan: visit of Everest base camp. There are about 2 hours of walking from Gorakshep to base camp, by moraine. A top of Everest cannot be seen from the trail, but a great views of Nuptze (7861m) and Pumori peaks are open. At the time we arrived in BC almost all the mountaineering expeditions were finished, so we failed to find a city of tents near the highest peak of the world.
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After a base camp visit day, we spent a night at a height of 5140m in Gorakshep. At 4:30 am next day we started our climb to Kalapatar. A time of climbing was agreed with our guide after a short briefing: a main aim of our climb was making of good pictures of Everest and surrounding peaks in the sunrise. Kalapattar is a best Everest view point from Nepal side.

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Sunriseat Kalapattar. The trekkers and Everest.

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Ama Dablam peak seen from Kalapattar, sunrise.
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Lhodze peak (8386m), a picture made near Pheriche, on a way back
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Tasty “sizzler” – a meat on a hissing pan: dinner in Lukla, after a trek.

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Picture with all the trekkers and guides in Lukla

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Streets of Kathmandu : Buddhist monks are shopping near Buddhanat.

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Tibetan woman go on a pilgrimage round Buddhanat stupa.

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Baktapur is a small town in Kathmandu valley, nowadays is a part of Kathmandu . It is known as a city of handicraftsmen. Here you may buy wonderful wooden items and nice jewellery made from semiprecious stones. At the picture: a young woman with her child near the temple at one of Baktapur’s squares:

Taumadhi Square
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Traditional dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant, former king’s palace. A dinner is accompanied by live music and dancing. Very nice end of nice journey!

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